Arsenal legend urges Wenger to use England forward over Giroud

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to use Theo Walcott over Olivier Giroud as his team’s lone striker, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The club have been heavily linked with a move for a new centre-forward during the summer, but Wenger decided that Arsenal have enough in the likes of Walcott and Giroud at least till January.

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Wenger has been using both on a rotational basis so far in the campaign, but it is Walcott who has started the last two fixtures, scoring his first league goal in their 2-0 victory over Stoke City.

And Wright, who scored an impressive 128 goals in 221 games for the Gunners from 1991-1998, has urged the French boss to continue deploying the 26-year-old as the club’s main man, especially with the creativity at his disposal in midfield.

“Everyone has had their say on Arsenal’s failure to bring in another striker and now I hope Theo Walcott is given a genuine run of games up there,” Wright wrote for The Sun.

“The Gunners will always create chances and I feel it’s time to unleash Theo and let him prove he can do it.

“The challenge is for the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla to release him as quickly as possible when he makes those runs.

“I do think he could be clinical, I do think he can play up there and I do think Arsenal will get out of their Champions League group again at the very least.”

Arsenal will begin their Champions League campaign against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, with the Croatian club currently in a 41-game unbeaten streak.